Google last year rolled out two new features to its Pixel smartphones that use the phone’s cameras and the Google Fit app to measure users’ heart and breathing rates. Now, the company is said to be working on developing a feature that will track users’ coughs and snores using their Pixel phones and/or Android smartphones. Also read – Chromebooks get new features: support for handwritten notes, detection of faulty USB-C cables, and more.
9To5 Google, in an APK teardown of the latest Google Health Studies app update, revealed that the company is testing on-device snore and cough detection features on Pixel and Android smartphones. These new features are part of a “Sleep Audio Collection” study that is currently only available to Google employees. The study requires participants to be full-time Google employees with an Android phone. The environmental conditions required for this study include the presence of an adult sleeper in the same room who does not work for a competing company. Read also – Windows 11 update: Microsoft will deploy Android applications in 5 new countries
Google, in the study, explained that its Health Sensing team is working on an advanced suite of sensing capabilities for Android devices with the aim of providing users with meaningful insight into their sleep patterns. Both features, namely snore detection and sleep detection, should be available on supported Android and Pixel phones as “bedside monitoring” features and they should work on the device in a “preserving confidentiality “. This means that all data collected through these features will be saved and processed on users’ smartphones without the data ever being transmitted to Google Cloud. Also Read – Google in Talks to Join India’s Open E-Commerce Network
As for availability, it’s still unclear whether Google will make its cough detection and snore detection features available on both its Pixel phones and all phones powered by its Android mobile operating system. At the very least, these features are likely to first come to Pixel phones, as was the case with its heart rate and breath rate detection features, before being widely available on smartphones. Android.
Another possibility the publication is reporting is the features coming to the next Nest tablet, which the reports say is set to be a smart display docked to a speaker using pogo pins. That said, Google hasn’t divulged too many details about these features, but we’ll keep an eye out in case that happens.